educator. LEADER. WRITER.
Dr. Robert S. Harvey is an educator, community connector, people strategist, and school system-leader pursuing a vision of justice, equity, and love. He is the President of FoodCorps, a national organization committed to ensuring that all our nation's children have access to nourishing food in schools, at the intersection of community-building, racial, and economic justice. He also holds a visiting professorship in the practice of public leadership.
Prior to FoodCorps, he served as Superintendent of East Harlem Scholars Academies, a community-based network of public charter schools and Chief Academic Officer of ETHP, in New York City. Before that, Dr. Harvey served as chief operating officer of Simmons College of Kentucky, a historically Black college in Louisville, and as an elementary school leader in Memphis. Committing his life to learning, he holds a doctorate in leadership, culture, and society from Memphis Theological Seminary, a master of theological studies from Harvard University, and a bachelor of arts from Bryant University.
His written work has appeared in Education Post, Citizen Education, TheGrio, EdWeek, Blavity, Chalkbeat, Education Dive, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and multiple academic journals and publications focused on race, pedagogy, and intersectional social/identity justice for the goal of equitable and inclusive communities. He is also the author of Abolitionist Leadership in Schools: Undoing Systemic Injustice through Communally Consciousness Education (Routledge, 2021), exploring school leadership and racial equity through the moral arc of an abolitionist lineage; and of Teaching as Protest: Emancipating Classrooms through Racial Consciousness (Routledge, 2022), which frames philosophical and practical pedagogy that centers freeing teaching and learning spaces for students and teachers.
He is Pahara Institute Fellow. Dr. Harvey serves as chair of the The Current Project Board of Directors, is a member of the National Black Theatre Board of Directors, and the Big Muddy Dance Co. Board of Directors.